Recorded on 4/16/2010, this discussion focused on the growing powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and what it will mean for consumers, advertisers, media creators, and the Internet. Financial reform legislation passed by the House and now pending in the Senate would give the FTC sweeping new powers to regulate not just Wall Street, but also unfair or deceptive trade practices across the economy. This could reshape regulation in a wide range of areas, such as privacy, cybersecurity, child safety, child nutrition, etc. The FTC has also asserted expanded authority to regulate "unfair" competition in its lawsuit against Intel. PFF has assembled a group of expert panelists--veteran FTC practitioners, scholars and insiders--to discuss these issues and more.
* Jack Calfee, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) & author of Fear of Persuasion: A New Perspective on Advertising and Regulation (1998)
* Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Consumer Protection Law and Competition Law practices, & 11-year FTC veteran
* Jim Davidson, Chair of the Public Policy group, Polsinelli Shughart PC
* Stu Ingis, Partner, Venable LLP
* Berin Szoka (moderator), Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Internet Freedom, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF)
Speaker biographies can be found at http://www.pff.org/events/Super-Sizing_the_FTC/